2013 State of the Website

I’m not a big fan of “gee, sorry this site hasn’t been so active lately, I promise I’ll do better” posts, which are basically net kudzu, but since it’s a new year, it seems like a good time for a quick update: I have segued directly from working on the VJ book (out in May) to writing a biography of the late, great River Phoenix. This is all excellent, of course, but it’s left me with vanishingly little time for the upkeep of Rule Forty-Two. So for the next few months, updates will continue on an irregular schedule. I do have some posts almost ready to go, including the next installment of the 1988 countdown, so check in now and then (or get the RSS feed so you don’t miss anything).

Speaking of the countdown, you may not have thought about entry #43, Information Society’s “What’s on Your Mind (Pure Energy),” since it was posted in May 2011. But you might want to check out the entry again, given that the comments have now been graced by the presence of James Cassidy, who played bass and keyboards for Information Society. (He actually posted his reply in November, but I fell behind on approving new commenters–my apologies.) My breakdown of the clip boiled down to “pretty good song, shame about the video,” which apparently did not gibe with his point of view. (Let’s just hope that this site is never discovered by Steve Winwood, Chicago, or Diane Keaton.)

posted 3 January 2013 in Self-reflexive. 5 comments

5 Comments on 2013 State of the Website

  1. Tom Nawrocki Says:

    It’s a shame that Cassidy chose to focus on how everyone thought the video was lame rather than how everyone thought the song was pretty good, which seemed to be the consensus opinion. All in all, I’d have to say it’s not nearly as exciting as when Alan O’Day commented on my own blog’s “Undercover Angel” entry.

  2. Gavin Says:

    The incident to which Tom refers:

    And the companion Alan O’Day appearance, on my friend Scraps’ blog:

  3. Tom Nawrocki Says:

    How is Scraps doing?

  4. Gavin Says:

    Living in Seattle; doing okay. He’s not online much anymore, but:


    has some dispatches from last year that should give you an idea of what’s up in his world.

  5. azul120 Says:

    I remember seeing James on Bands Reunited, when the crew was trying to get Information Society back together. Was an agricultural professor.

    Also recently realized that “What’s On Your Mind?” was directed by Mark Pellington, who at the time had been working at MTV. Definitely a very cheesy, dated first effort, but his trademark rapid fire editing was in full effect.

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